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J-1 Exchange Visitors

We are thrilled that you are considering making Texas Woman's University your future home away from home. At TWU, we strive to cultivate engaged leaders and global citizens; ultimately with the goal of inspiring excellence and a pioneering spirit in our students, staff & alumni.
 
To begin the process of coming to Texas Woman's University as an Exchange Visitor, please complete the Initial Exchange Visitor/Visiting Scholar Request 

You can access a previously submitted or in-progress requests by navigating to the International Student Portal User Home Page
 
Once you have arrived in the United States, you will need to complete an Exchange Visitor Arrival Documentation Request. You will be asked to submit a series of documents that pertain to your immigration status. Please note that completing the Exchange Visitor Arrival Documentation Request is a time sensitive matter. Upon completion of your request, International Student and Scholar Services will assist with validating your SEVIS record. The validation of a J-1 SEVIS record in SEVIS must be done within 30 days of the program start date that is listed on your DS-2019.

If you are not able to arrive within 30 days of your program start date as listed on your DS-2019, please contact International Student and Scholar Services immediately.

You can access a previously submitted or in-progress Exchange Visitor Arrival Documentation Request form by navigating to the International Student Portal User Home Page
Updates to your information must be reported to International Student and Scholar Services in a timely manner in order to remain in compliance with your immigration status. Please report any changes to the following information:
  • Change in Address: report within 10 days of your move. Your address information must be updated in your SEVIS record by a Designated School Official (DSO) within 21 days of the address change
  • Changes in Program: report any changes to your program, including changes in your funding source (as listed on your DS-2019), program length, and research content
  • Extensions: must be requested in advance of your program end date listed on your DS-2019. Extensions must be agreed upon by all parties; including you, as the Exchange Visitor, and your TWU department
  • Outside of the Country: If you will be outside of the U.S. for more than 30 days, you must report your travel plans so that they can be documented in your SEVIS record
  • Traveling Internationally: Before traveling internationally, Exchange Visitors must receive a travel signature on their DS-2019. This is required of both J-1 and J-2 visa holders. Request a travel signature no less than 40 days before your travel
  • Program Completion & Leaving the United States Early: When you complete your program at TWU, either on the program end date, or before the program end date listed on your DS-2019, you must notify International Student and Scholar Services
If you have any questions about reporting changes to your information while at TWU, please contact International Student and Scholar Services

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